The rear-wheel drive ‘Giorgio’ platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV will be used elsewhere in Fiat Chrysler’s portfolio, the automaker confirmed to Automotive News on the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
FCA invested heavily in the premium Giorgio platform in order to ensure the Giulia and Stelvio were at the top of their class when it came to handling performance. It would only make sense, then, for other FCA brands such as Dodge or Chrysler to take advantage of the competitive platform available to them.
“Modifying that platform to spawn additional FCA products is a possibility,” Alfa Romeo brand boss Reid Bigland said. “We’ve got a jewel here. In terms of driving dynamics, it’s best in class, so it’s going to be difficult to keep that exclusive for Alfa Romeo.”
The next-generation Dodge Challenger and Charger are expected to ride on the Giorgio platform, along with the rumored Barracuda convertible. We could also see Dodge utilizing it in order to bring a sporty crossover to market, though we haven’t heard an info pointing to such a plan.